Specialty Tools

Universal Socket from Gator Grip

Universal Socket from Gator Grip

Fussing with proper socket sizes can be frustrating, especially after we realize it’s standard not metric or vise-versa. The Gator-Grip aims to take out the guessing game and offers one socket that does the job of a whole set as well as replacing wrenches and vise grips that we use […]

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester: Safe and Fast

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester: Safe and Fast

Klein introduced their new non-contact voltage tester at the National Hardware Show this week. It can detect voltage in cables, cords, circuit breakers and lighting fixtures without making contact. Red means voltage is detected and green means safe. It takes 2AAA batteries and also includes an auto-off feature that will […]

Measuring Success at the National Hardware Show

Measuring Success at the National Hardware Show

Our first product roundup from the 2010 National Hardware Show highlights tools that take a slight twist on an enduring product with hopes to make it better. Sketch-it – Straight line drawing tool clipboard Franklin Stud Sensor – Instantly finds hidden studs without sliding across the wall Compass Guide Tape […]

A New Way to Find Studs

A New Way to Find Studs

The Inventors Spotlight at this years National Hardware Show has been a highlight to visit. Speaking to the folks that actually hold the patents to their products and have invested the time, energy and cash into bringing their product to market has been an exhilarating experience. We’ve got a lot […]

Sketch-It Draws the Line for Designers, Contractors and DIYs

Sketch-It Draws the Line for Designers, Contractors and DIYs

We’re not all talented when it comes to drawing but the Sketch-it helps level the playing field. Its a clipboard unlike any we’ve seen. The surface is textured and by applying a bit more pressure than normal you’ll draw lines straight as an arrow. Laying out plans are a cinch […]

Measure Yourself Against This Tape

Measure Yourself Against This Tape

Tape measures have always been great at doing one job but there are so many situations that beg a tape to do much more. The Compass Guide tape measure includes a heavy duty stainless steel pivot point that allows you to measure and cut drywall, cement board and hard backer […]

4-in-1 Square: Simple and Effective

4-in-1 Square: Simple and Effective

Simple tools that tackle multiple tasks offer the most value to us. We’ve found some gems at this years National Hardware Show and Level Best 2 is one of them. It’s actually 4 tools in 1 as it serves as a square and ruler but also measures level and plumb […]

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

It’s no secret that developers are clamoring to build the next great app for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Home Improvement retailers and service providers have also jumped into the game and are not only creating mobile versions of their websites but more user friendly and full-featured smart phone apps. […]

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

We’re all looking for easy to use room design tools that will help us layout a design before lifting one piece of furniture. Today, AutoCAD Freestyle launched and it promises to be the design tool that is as easy to use as pen and paper, but has the accuracy of […]

Keyboard Cleaning Blob

Keyboard Cleaning Blob

One of the most low-tech but effective products we saw at CES this year was the Cyber Clean. It was marketed as a keyboard and desk cleaner but can be used to clean any item that may have hard to reach crevices such as auto air-conditioner vents, printer buttons, phone […]

Mechanix Gloves for Women

Mechanix Gloves for Women

Mechanix Wear gloves are popular leather utility gloves that specialize in many industries such as building, automotive racing, safety and tactical uses. At the 2010 Builders’ Show they’ve introduced a line of women’s utility gloves that are more chic and less geek. They showed various colors at the show but […]

The SawStop Saves a Finger in Slow-Motion Video

The SawStop Saves a Finger in Slow-Motion Video

Mike Senese shares this slow-motion video of the SawStop in action. It’s amazing how instantaneously the blade is stopped and the module absorbs all of it.

Sneak Peak from Stiletto Tools at 2010 Builders’ Show

Sneak Peak from Stiletto Tools at 2010 Builders’ Show

One of the smallest booths at the 2010 Builders’ Show was that of Stiletto Tools, but it was also the busiest. We stopped by numerous times to try and have a chat with them but there was a constant flow of people wanting to give their titanium hammer the TBII-15 […]

Save Time Taping Drywall with Teel Tape

Save Time Taping Drywall with Teel Tape

Taping drywall seems like a mindless job but it requires some experience to do it correctly and to achieve the best results. The Teel Tape makes it super easy for anyone to mud their drywall tape before application.

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

Digging a bit deeper and looking beyond the monster displays at the Builders’ Show, we’re looking forward to visiting these 4 booths that might be small on space but deliver big on product. Parasoleil If these architectural panels are as beautiful in person as on their website, we’re sold! RipCart […]

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

CES is all about the gadgets and this automated hardwood floor cleaner certainly fits the bill. The Mint automatic floor cleaner works with popular cleaning clothes such as Swiffer or Pledge. You simply install the cloth of your choice, turn the unit on and let it run. It will go […]

Ford, DeWALT and Microsoft Build the Ultimate Work Truck

Ford, DeWALT and Microsoft Build the Ultimate Work Truck

The toughest consumer electronic device we saw at CES 2010 came in the form of a beefed up Ford F-350 that was wrapped in DeWALT tools and featured Microsoft’s mobile office as part of Ford’s Work Solutions that’s available in their line of trucks.

The Ultimate Child Monitoring System: The Protector from Taser

The Ultimate Child Monitoring System: The Protector from Taser

When I was in 6th grade my parents had a beeper system that I took with me when I left the house to ride my bike in the neighborhood. When it was time to come home for dinner or play time was up they would buzz me. Much like the […]